Friday 17 August 2018

The world burns while the courts obsess on Trump tweets

In the line of fire: Trump is no longer at liberty to block social media irritants on Twitter
In the line of fire: Trump is no longer at liberty to block social media irritants on Twitter
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

There are times when it's hard to escape the impression that the universe is deliberately screwing with us.

Sure, there have always been odd stories and breaking scandals but the last few years seems to have seen the culture take a running jump into full-scale, hellish weirdness. A lot of people like to blame the likes of Trump and Brexit for the new febrile atmosphere we live in, but in truth they were the product, not the cause, of this new craziness.

Politics tends to be an expression of the culture that produces it, and the culture is currently falling apart, through a mixture of official authoritarianism and the inexorable rise of identity politics and the grievance industry.

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